Friday, March 18, 2011

Guidance is in the hand of Allaah

 

Guidance is in the hand of Allaah
How can we reconcile between the aayahs (interpretation of the meanings): 

 

“Verily, you (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like”

[al-Qasas 28:56] and “And verily, you (O Muhammad) are indeed guiding (mankind) to the Straight Path”[al-Shooraa 42:52]?

From Quran Blog 

And important note that we want to discuss and share with you its is about reading Quran and Reciting Holy Quran to understand it, Ramadan is the month when the beautiful the Holy Quran has been revealed.  A miracle by the creator of the worlds, Allah (SWT)  Should we not glorify him by reading the gift he has sent down for us and learn Arabic Quran by heart  to feel the power of it and learn is with translation to understand it and let our heart fill will tears of glory and wash away our sins  “Will they not meditate on the Quran, or are there locks on the hearts”, read Holy Quran, Surah Muhammad, Verse 24.

End from holy Quran reciter blog

Praise
be to Allaah.

Allaah
has created man and given him reason, and He has sent down to him Revelation
and sent to him Messengers to call him to the truth and warn him against
falsehood. Then He has left him to make his own choice. 

“And
say: ‘The truth is from your Lord.’ Then whosoever wills, let him believe;
and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve

[al-Kahf
18:29 – interpretation of the meaning] 

Allaah
commanded His Messenger Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to convey the truth to all
of mankind. Then they have the choice to do as they wish. If a person
obeys, he benefits himself, and if he disobeys, he harms himself, as
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Say:
‘O you mankind! Now truth (i.e. the Qur’aan and Prophet Muhammad), has
come to you from your Lord. So whosoever receives guidance, he does
so for the good of his own self; and whosoever goes astray, he does
so to his own loss; and I am not (set) over you as a Wakeel (disposer
of affairs to oblige you for guidance)’”[Yoonus 10:108] 

Islam
is the religion of the natural state of man (fitrah), the religion
of reason and thought. Allaah has distinguished the truth from falsehood.
He has enjoined all that is good and forbidden all that is evil. He
has permitted good things and forbidden evil things. There is no compulsion
in religion because the benefits or harms come back upon the created
being, not upon the Creator. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“There
is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct
from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taaghoot (false gods) and
believes in Allaah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold
that will never break”

[al-Baqarah
2:256]

And
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Whosoever
does righteous good deed, it is for (the benefit of) his ownself; and
whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself. And your Lord is not
at all unjust to (His) slaves”[Fussilat 41:46] 

Guidance
is in the hand of Allaah. If Allaah willed, He could guide all of mankind,
for there is nothing that He cannot do on this earth or in the heavens.
Nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He wills. 

“Say:
‘With Allaah is the perfect proof and argument, (i.e. the Oneness of
Allaah, the sending of His Messengers and His Holy Books, to mankind);
had He so willed, He would indeed have guided you all’”[al-An’aam 6:149
– interpretation of the meaning] 

But
in His Wisdom, Allaah has created us with the ability to choose, and
He has sent down to us guidance and the Criterion. So whoever obeys
Allaah and His Messenger will enter Paradise and whoever disobeys Allaah
and His Messenger will enter Hell, as Allaah says (interpretation of
the meaning): 

“Verily,
proofs have come to you from your Lord, so whosoever sees, will do so
for (the good of) his ownself, and whosoever blinds himself, will do
so to his own harm, and I (Muhammad) am not a watcher over you”[al-An’aam
6:104] 

The
Messenger (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) has no part in guidance; all that he and the
Muslims have to do is to explain and convey the message, and show them
guidance but they cannot force people to follow it, as Allaah said to
His Messenger (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And
had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them
together. So, will you (O Muhammad) then compel mankind, until they
become believers”[Yoonus 10:99] 

And
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And
the duty of the Messenger is only to convey (the Message) plainly”[al-‘Ankaboot
29:18] 

Guidance
to the truth is in the hand of Allaah alone and no human being has any
share in that, as Allaah said to His Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily,
you (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allaah guides whom He
wills. And He knows best those who are the guided[al-Qasas 28:56]  

Allaah
guides whomsoever He wills and sends astray whomsoever He wills. He
has told us that He guides those who obey Him and turn to Him, as He
says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“While
as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance and bestows
on them their piety”[Muhammad 47:17] 

But
whoever disobeys Allaah and turns away from Him, Allaah will not guide
him, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Truly,
Allaah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever”

[al-Zumar
39:3] 

Allaah
is Omniscient and knows what has happened and is happening and what
is yet to come. Allaah knows the believers and the disbelievers, and
what they will do, and He knows what their fate will be in the Hereafter.
He has written all that in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz (the Preserved
Tablet), as He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And
all things We have recorded in a Book”[al-Naba’ 78:29] 

Allaah
has created man with the ability to choose, and He has created him able
to do both, either believer or disbelieve, as He says (interpretation
of the meaning): 

“Verily,
We showed him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful”[al-Insaan
76:3] 

Man
has the choice in terms of his reason only; if he loses his reason by
which he is able to distinguish between the alternatives of good and
evil, truth and falsehood, then he is not accountable. Hence according
to Islamic sharee’ah, the pen is lifted from the insane person (i.e.,
he is not accountable) until he recovers his senses, and from the child
until he reaches the age of understanding, and from the sleeper until
he wakes up. None of these people are accountable until they gain or
recover the reason by which they may distinguish between the alternatives
of faith and disbelief, truth and falsehood, and so on. 

Whatever
direction a person takes, there will be reward and punishment, If he
obeys, there will be Paradise: 

“Indeed
he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that
Allaah ordered, by following the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism and
by doing righteous good deeds”

[al-Shams
91:9 – interpretation of the meaning] 

and
if he disobeys, there will be Hell: 

“And
indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself (i.e. disobeys what Allaah
has ordered by rejecting the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism or by
following polytheism, or by doing every kind of evil wicked deeds” [al-Shams
91:10 – interpretation of the meaning] 

The
choice of one of these two ways is something about which a person will
be questioned by the Lord of the Worlds. Hence it is clear that faith
or disbelief, obedience or disobedience, is the matter of personal choice.
Allaah has made reward and punishment dependent upon this choice: 

“Whosoever
does righteous good deed, it is for (the benefit of) his ownself; and
whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself. And your Lord is not
at all unjust to (His) slaves”[Fussilat 41:46] 

Whoever
loves Allaah and His Messenger and desires good in this world and in
the Hereafter, let him enter Islam, and whoever turns away from that
and is content with this world and has no interest in the Hereafter
and does not submit, then his abode will be Hell. The individual is
the one who will benefit or harm himself. There is no compulsion to
choose either.  Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily,
this (Verses of the Qur’aan) is an admonition, so whosoever wills, let
him take a Path to his Lord (Allaah)”

[al-Insaan
76:29] 

 

From Usool al-Deen al-Islami by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem al-Tuwayjri

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